Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says she's trying her hand at historical fiction.  She has studied the mysterious murder of a teenage Paris girl more than 100 years ago.  It's a case that still has many loose ends, and so she is writing a fictional version of the story, based on the facts that are known about the case and about life in Northeast Texas in those days.

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of how a woman from Greenville, Gladys Yoakum Wright, wrote the lyrics to the state song, "Texas Our Texas."

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says in the early days of Greenville and Hunt County, Independence Day was celebrated with a big barbecue.  But after the Civil War, the Fourth of July was not observed for many years until 1898, following the end of the Spanish-American War.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor recently wrote an article on her blog about her great, great grandmother Emiline Seay, who ran a large ranch in Montague County near Wichita Falls after her husband, A.M.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says citizens of Hunt County reported seeing "airships" in the sky during the week of April 13-19, 1897.  In fact, people throughout the middle part of the country reported seeing the mysterious aircraft.  The appearance of the airships was unexplained, but it is believed they were dirigibles, which had existed for a quite some time prior to 1897, but had not been widely

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the state legislature created Hunt County from Fannin and Nacogdoches Counties on April 11, 1846, 170 years ago today (Monday, April 11).  The current Hunt County Courthouse opened April 11, 1929, and the courthouse has been named to the prestigious National Registry of Historic Places.  A ceremony observing all of these historical milestones will take place at 10 a.m. today at the courthouse.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has been studying Depression-era federal building projects in Greenville and elsewhere in the county, and she discusses a project led by the Greenville Garden Club in the 1930s.  The club received a grant from the Public Works Administration to put "rip rap" -- rocks and boulders -- on the banks of the Town Branch Creek.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor recently presented a paper to the East Texas Historical Association, "Bringing Back the Building Business in Greenville." She says the Depression-era Public Works Administration (PWA) and Works Progress Administration (WPA), designed to employ out-of-work people, built a number of buildings in the county, including the Greenville Municipal Building, and Mayo Hall and Henderson Hall at East Texas State Teachers College (now Texas A&M-Comme

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Thomas Quine, Flickr, CC

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the disastrous Ende Hotel fire in 1883 that led to Greenville creating a volunteer fire department, and eventually, in 1916, employing a professional fire department and acquiring the city's first motorized fire truck.

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says, driven by incentives created by the railroad, the city of Greenville produced a new directory, that placed the city's population at 14,160.  Carol says the first Historical Commission meeting of 2016 will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 28 Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the ambition of Greenville's Wesley College for a soccer team -- unheard of in Northeast Texas -- and the opening of the New Beckham Hotel in downtown Greenville, 100 years ago.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses Christmas traditions of 100 years ago or more in Greenville and Hunt County.  They include elaborate store windows, taking care of orphans, and donations to churches from the Ku Klux Klan.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says Greenville churches in 1915 were determined to bring superstar evangelist Billy Sunday to town, but settled for chartering a train to hear him preach in Dallas.  Carol says women at the upper level of local society 100 years ago were the moral and cultural leaders of the community.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, reviews the events of the county in 1915, 100 years ago, and was moved by the story of a 13-year-old boy who was surprised by a thunderstorm and killed by lightning.  She reflects on how today we are so much better informed on the weather.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says horse racing was once a big-time attraction at the original Hunt County Fair in Greenville, with top horses coming to the fair racetrack from all over the country.

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